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          Uncomfortable Conversations – The Green New Deal



          April 12, 2019

          Uncomfortable Conversations – The Green New Deal

          Uncomfortable Conversations – The Green New Deal

          What: In February, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled a 14-page resolution that included ideas aimed to address climate change, including public works projects, high-quality health care, access to clean water and air and affordable food. Edinboro University faculty experts will address the economic and political implications of this proposal during an open forum on Edinboro’s main campus.

          Where/When: Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., Baron-Forness Library (second floor), 200 Tartan Road, Edinboro University

          About the panelists:

          Dr. Karen Eisenhart is an associate professor in the Geosciences Department of Edinboro University. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she specialized in biogeography. Her research interests include long-term forest dynamics, with a specialty in dendrochronology, which is the use of tree-ring methods to understand forest-climate relationships and to discern long-term ecological patterns. For the last 15 years, she has taught environmental studies courses at Edinboro University including conservation of natural resources, climatology, physical geography, forest geography and conservation and environmental planning. She has a strong interest in conservation and environmental sustainability and, as a citizen of the Earth, tries to practice what she teaches.

          Dr. Jingze Jiang is an associate professor of Economics at Edinboro University. She received her Master in Statistics and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington State University in 2013, and Bachelor in Finance from Shanghai University in China in 2009. Her passion for sustainability influences many areas of her life and inspires her to pursue challenging research projects. Her pursuit to thoroughly understand economic theories and her strong quantitative and analytical abilities have led her to produce high-quality research with high productivity. She has developed nationally recognized research projects in energy financial economics and environmental economics, which may potentially support the revitalization of older industrial cities. Dr. Jiang has important policy and outreach contributions in environmental economics, especially plastic pollution reduction.

          Dr. Gerry Gendlin is an associate professor of International Politics at Edinboro University, where he has taught courses in Russian Politics, American Foreign Policy, National Security, Terrorism and Political Violence and American Politics since 2002. Dr. Gendlin holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has held research and teaching positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and the College of the Holy Cross. He maintains an active research agenda, presenting at national and regional conferences, and is regularly engaged by the media as an analyst of global affairs.

          Dr. Jerra Jenrette came to Edinboro University in 1992 as an instructor of History. She earned a double major in history and theology from Mars Hill College, a Master of Arts in History from Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. in history from West Virginia University. Since fall 2014, she has been taking one online class each semester at the Chicago Theological Seminary, having studied courses on Jewish Thought, Hebrew Bible, Gospels and Women's Voices. Dr. Jenrette has taken students on academic/cultural trips since fall 1993, including Salem, Mass., Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Charleston, S.C. Her most recent publication is a book chapter examining North Carolina women during World War I.

          About the series: Launched during the 2017-2018 academic year, Uncomfortable Conversations was developed as a series to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.

          This panel discussion is free and open to the public.